TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
In a beautifully understated performance, Donnie Wahlberg
captures the quiet pain of a former combat soldier, trying to save another
veteran. Danny (Wahlberg) tries to brush aside his son’s questions about the
war, while pursuing a vet who has disappeared with his own son.
It’s a solemn and well-crafted story, paired with a lesser
one that sees Danny’s dad (Tom Selleck), the police commissioner, pondering a
decade-old murder case.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Helix,” 10 p.m., Syfy.
Last week’s taut opener saw doctors from the Centers for
Disease Control arrive at a mysterious Arctic research facility, where a virus
was spreading from monkeys to people.
Now some doctors feel they have it contained. Then come the
fierce aftershocks, with one of them attacked and infected.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Banshee,” 10 p.m., Cinemax.
The two hallmarks of pay-TV – sex and violence – peak
tonight, much of it well-crafted. The sex arrives in the opening montage,
setting up the brutal collisions that follow.
As usual, the hero (an escaped convict who assumed the
identity of now-Sheriff Lucas Hood) bashes heads. Now there are more people in
play -- Nola Longfellow, the fierce American Indian assassin …. Siobhan Kelly,
Hood’s deputy, confronting her nasty ex-husband … and Carrie Hopewell, the
alternate identity of a former jewel thief. Carrie’s been told to keep a low
profile in prison; don’t expect her to.
Other choices include:
“Cold Justice,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus 8 p.m., TNT. You can
catch the entire first season during the day, then start the second one at
night. What you’ll get is some serious non-fiction, with small-town cases
re-opened by skilled pros. Yolanda McClary worked in the Las Vegas crime lab (the
“CSI” setting) for 26 years; Kelly Siegler has been a Texas lawyer for 16 years,
prosecuting and winning 68 murder trials.
“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. When Boyd has trouble
staying still, the school suggests medication; his grandfather (Tim Allen) and
father object. Also, Mandy makes a belated effort to be a good student.
“The Neighbors,” 8:31 p.m., ABC. As the high school reunion
nears, Marty savors a chance to re-unite his old “hair band.” Debbie (Jami
Gertz) dreads a confrontation with her old nemesis (Lori Loughlin).
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9
p.m., CBS. Police re-open the long-ago case involving the murder of Chin’s
“Great Performances at the Met,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
listings). Anna Netrebko stars in the Tchaikovsky opera “Eugene Onedin.”
“Raising Hope,” 9 p.m., Fox. Three generations compete in a
hot-dish competition, when Virginia faces her mother-in-law (Shirley Jones) and
“Enlisted,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. After last week’s terrific
opener, here’s a fairly good second episode. Pete, the supersoldier, is
deadlocked in competitions with Jill Perez. Meanwhile, his brother Randy –
who’s great at human relations – may flunk rifle marksmanship.
Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time,” 10 p.m., Epix. Oswalt turns his daily
experiences into the fodder for some amiable stand-up comedy.